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Welcome to the New Data Forum

What we have for you this week in IBM Data magazine is a significantly improved experience.

The new logo is the least of it. We’ve been working hard to rethink the visual look and feel of our site. We’ve deepened our integration with social media. We’ve even changed our slogan. We’re now “The forum for smarter business.” This redesign aligns with the fact that we have long been a channel for the best and brightest IBMers, partners, influencers, and customers to share their expertise on the practical applications of data.

This site redesign is a big step in IBM’s ongoing investment to make this magazine an even more valuable resource for readers, who include top professionals in data management, analytics, and cognitive computing. IBM Data magazine started in 1996 as a print publication. After going through several name changes and a publisher switch, the magazine eventually transitioned to an all-online publication in 2012, but without sacrificing its core mission: providing a thought-leadership forum for data management, analytics, and transactional computing professionals. If anything, the shift to digital delivery improved the magazine’s ability to bring highly useful content to the attention of business technology professionals everywhere more frequently than was possible with the quarterly print edition.

In addition to this latest site redesign, we’ve been steadily adding new experts to IBM Data magazine’s roster of contributors. For the week of October 27, 2014, new contributors Bruce McGaughy and R. V. Joshi offer an in-depth discussion highlighting McGaughy’s IBM Insight 2014 session on applying predictive failure analysis in statistical models to simulate processor behavior for bolstering semiconductor manufacturing yields. New contributor Suresh Sane concludes his two-part series on the query-optimization best practices for ever-evolving complexity of SQL queries. Another new contributor, Jennifer Shin, concludes her four-part series on the US Food and Drug Administration’s open data project by recapping potential problems data scientists can encounter in any API used for this kind of initiative.
As editor in chief of IBM Data magazine, my principal focus is on deepening our frontier-pushing, thought-leadership content without skimping on any of the established database management topics we’ve always covered. Readers turn to us for authoritative, in-depth discussions about best practices that push the envelope of their thinking on visions, trends, applications, use cases, and practices in diverse data-centric disciplines. Some of the innovative new focus areas featured in the magazine include big data, data science, in-memory computing, and cognitive computing.

We invite you to engage in this forum for smarter business in several ways:

And last but not least, please let us know what you think of the redesign. We will use any and all feedback to improve the value of IBM Data magazine for our readers and community.

Best regards,

From the Editor

James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)
Editor in Chief, IBM Data magazine

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Contributors

Bruce McGaughy : CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering
 at ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc.
Bruce McGaughy
CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering
 at ProPlus Design Solutions, Inc.
R. V. Joshi : Research Staff Member at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center
R. V. Joshi
Research Staff Member at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center
Suresh Sane : Senior IT Manager, Database and PeopleSoft Administration at Bi-Lo Holdings
Suresh Sane
Senior IT Manager, Database and PeopleSoft Administration at Bi-Lo Holdings
Jennifer Shin : Founder and Principal at 8 Path Solutions LLC
Jennifer Shin
Founder and Principal at 8 Path Solutions LLC
James Kobielus : Big Data Evangelist at IBM
James Kobielus
Big Data Evangelist at IBM
Tom Deutsch : Program Director, Big Data at IBM
Tom Deutsch
Program Director, Big Data at IBM
Paula Wiles Sigmon : Program Director for InfoSphere Portfolio Marketing
Paula Wiles Sigmon
Program Director for InfoSphere Portfolio Marketing
Nancy Hensley : Director, Strategy and Marketing, Database Software and Systems at IBM
Nancy Hensley
Director, Strategy and Marketing, Database Software and Systems at IBM
Art S. Kagel : Principal Database Consultant, Advanced Data Tools Corporation
Art S. Kagel
Principal Database Consultant, Advanced Data Tools Corporation
Rich Hughes : Marketing Program Manager for Data Warehousing at IBM
Rich Hughes
Marketing Program Manager for Data Warehousing at IBM
Hemant Suri : Product Manager, PureData System for Analytics, powered by Netezza at IBM
Hemant Suri
Product Manager, PureData System for Analytics, powered by Netezza at IBM
Adam Ronthal : Technical Marketing, Big Data, Cloud, and Aappliances
Adam Ronthal
Technical Marketing, Big Data, Cloud, and Aappliances
Chad J. Peruba : Business Unit Executive, Performance Management Strategy, at IBM
Chad J. Peruba
Business Unit Executive, Performance Management Strategy, at IBM
Ahmed Fattah : Client Technical Adviser, Financial Services and Public Sectors at IBM Australia
Ahmed Fattah
Client Technical Adviser, Financial Services and Public Sectors at IBM Australia
Arvind Sathi : Worldwide Big Data Architect at IBM
Arvind Sathi
Worldwide Big Data Architect at IBM
Neena Sathi : Executive IT Architect at IBM
Neena Sathi
Executive IT Architect at IBM
Janki Vora : Senior IT Specialist and Data Scientist at IBM
Janki Vora
Senior IT Specialist and Data Scientist at IBM
David Birmingham : Senior Principal at Brightlight Consulting
David Birmingham
Senior Principal at Brightlight Consulting
Nate Murphy : President, Nate Murphy and Associates
Nate Murphy
President, Nate Murphy and Associates
Lester Knutsen : President, Advanced Data Tools Corporation
Lester Knutsen
President, Advanced Data Tools Corporation
Forrest Palmer : Business Analytics Business Unit at IBM
Forrest Palmer
Business Analytics Business Unit at IBM
Bob Hayes : Chief Customer Officer at TCELab and President, Business Over Broadway
Bob Hayes
Chief Customer Officer at TCELab and President, Business Over Broadway
Steve Adler : Information Strategist at IBM
Steve Adler
Information Strategist at IBM
Mandy Chessell : IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Mandy Chessell
IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Elizabeth Koumpan : IBM Senior Certified Application Architect and Open Group Distinguished IT Architect
Elizabeth Koumpan
IBM Senior Certified Application Architect and Open Group Distinguished IT Architect
Scott Sumner-Moore : IBM Senior Certified Application Architect and Open Group Distinguished IT Architect
Scott Sumner-Moore
IBM Senior Certified Application Architect and Open Group Distinguished IT Architect
Kimberly Madia : Worldwide Data Security Strategist at IBM
Kimberly Madia
Worldwide Data Security Strategist at IBM
W. H. Inmon : Data Warehousing Expert
W. H. Inmon
Data Warehousing Expert
Biswajit Maji : Technology Architect at InfoSys Limited
Biswajit Maji
Technology Architect at InfoSys Limited
Berni Schiefer : Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Toronto Lab
Berni Schiefer
Distinguished Engineer at the IBM Toronto Lab
Brian Vile : Program Director, Product Marketing, InfoSphere, at IBM
Brian Vile
Program Director, Product Marketing, InfoSphere, at IBM
Cuneyt Goksu : Independent DB2 Specialist and IBM Gold Consultant
Cuneyt Goksu
Independent DB2 Specialist and IBM Gold Consultant
David Mould : Senior Predictive Analytics Scientist
David Mould
Senior Predictive Analytics Scientist
Cristian Molaro : Independent DB2 Specialist and IBM Gold Consultant
Cristian Molaro
Independent DB2 Specialist and IBM Gold Consultant
Dan Potter : Vice President, Product Marketing, Datawatch Corporation
Dan Potter
Vice President, Product Marketing, Datawatch Corporation
Jacques Roy : Worldwide Technical Sales, InfoSphere Streams at IBM
Jacques Roy
Worldwide Technical Sales, InfoSphere Streams at IBM
Marc Hebert : Chief Operating Officer at Estuate
Marc Hebert
Chief Operating Officer at Estuate
Mady Korada : Enterprise Architect
Mady Korada
Enterprise Architect
Mike Miller : Chief Scientist and Cofounder of Cloudant
Mike Miller
Chief Scientist and Cofounder of Cloudant
Natasha Bishop : Big Data Strategy Lead at IBM
Natasha Bishop
Big Data Strategy Lead at IBM
Praveenkumar Hosangadi : Product Marketing Manager and Part of the InfoSphere Team at IBM
Praveenkumar Hosangadi
Product Marketing Manager and Part of the InfoSphere Team at IBM
Robert Catterall : DB2 Specialist at IBM
Robert Catterall
DB2 Specialist at IBM
Robert Routzahn : Marketing Manager, InfoSphere Information Integration and Big Data at IBM
Robert Routzahn
Marketing Manager, InfoSphere Information Integration and Big Data at IBM
Sean Blake : Certified Storage Consultant at IBM
Sean Blake
Certified Storage Consultant at IBM
Stewart Hanna : Worldwide Sales Leader, Big Data, in the IBM Software Group
Stewart Hanna
Worldwide Sales Leader, Big Data, in the IBM Software Group
Sachin Ghai : Delivery Manager at IBM in Gurgaon, India
Sachin Ghai
Delivery Manager at IBM in Gurgaon, India
Stuart Litel : President, IIUG; CTO, Kazer Technologies; and IBM Gold Consultant
Stuart Litel
President, IIUG; CTO, Kazer Technologies; and IBM Gold Consultant
Swati Moran : Worldwide Channel Sales and Business Development Manager at IBM
Swati Moran
Worldwide Channel Sales and Business Development Manager at IBM
Tom Rieger : Manager, Information Management Research Team at IBM
Tom Rieger
Manager, Information Management Research Team at IBM
Alex Philp : Founder and President of GCS
Alex Philp
Founder and President of GCS
Aartika Sardana : Product and Channel Marketing, InfoSphere IIG Portfolio
Aartika Sardana
Product and Channel Marketing, InfoSphere IIG Portfolio
Anju Willard : Worldwide Product Marketing Manager, InfoSphere MDM
Anju Willard
Worldwide Product Marketing Manager, InfoSphere MDM
Al Finkelstein : Software Architect and Developer
Al Finkelstein
Software Architect and Developer
Andrew Foo : Senior IT Architect, Smarter Planet Solutions Team atn IBM
Andrew Foo
Senior IT Architect, Smarter Planet Solutions Team atn IBM
Boris Vishnevsky : Executive Senior Certified IT Architect at IBM
Boris Vishnevsky
Executive Senior Certified IT Architect at IBM
Christian Lenke : Lead Technical Sales Professional at IBM
Christian Lenke
Lead Technical Sales Professional at IBM
Chris Young : Managing Technology Writer at TDA Group
Chris Young
Managing Technology Writer at TDA Group
Dan Gibson : DB2 Lab Advocate at IBM
Dan Gibson
DB2 Lab Advocate at IBM
Dusty Rivers : Senior Systems Engineer and Principal Technical Architect at GT Software, Inc.
Dusty Rivers
Senior Systems Engineer and Principal Technical Architect at GT Software, Inc.
Ethel Mahoney : Worldwide Business Leader for Offerings and Marketing, Information Management
Ethel Mahoney
Worldwide Business Leader for Offerings and Marketing, Information Management
Fred Ho : Program Director at IBM
Fred Ho
Program Director at IBM
Frank Petersen : Systems Programmer
Frank Petersen
Systems Programmer
Guy M. Lohman : Manager, Disruptive Information Management Architectures, IBM Research
Guy M. Lohman
Manager, Disruptive Information Management Architectures, IBM Research
Graeme Noseworthy : Marketer, IBM Watson Foundations
Graeme Noseworthy
Marketer, IBM Watson Foundations
Gord Sissons : Product Marketing Manager InfoSphere BigInsights at IBM
Gord Sissons
Product Marketing Manager InfoSphere BigInsights at IBM
Howard Baldwin : Freelancer Business and Technology Writer, Silicon Valley
Howard Baldwin
Freelancer Business and Technology Writer, Silicon Valley
Ion Freeman : Data Scientist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ion Freeman
Data Scientist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Isaac Yassin : IBM Gold Consultant, Information Management at IBM
Isaac Yassin
IBM Gold Consultant, Information Management at IBM
Joe Borges : Senior Technical Specialist at BMO Financial Group
Joe Borges
Senior Technical Specialist at BMO Financial Group
Jeff Huth : Product Manager, Information Management, and Context Computing at IBM
Jeff Huth
Product Manager, Information Management, and Context Computing at IBM
Louis T. Cherian : Social Media Manager for IBM Data magazine
Louis T. Cherian
Social Media Manager for IBM Data magazine
Richard R. Lee : Executive Consultant, Senior Thought Leaders and Managing Partner at IMEC
Richard R. Lee
Executive Consultant, Senior Thought Leaders and Managing Partner at IMEC
Matthew D. Riemer : Big Data Stampede Team Member, IBM Software Group, Information Management
Matthew D. Riemer
Big Data Stampede Team Member, IBM Software Group, Information Management
Stephanie Pettinos : Product Marketing, IBM Informix, IBM Software Group, Information Management
Stephanie Pettinos
Product Marketing, IBM Informix, IBM Software Group, Information Management
Kevin Brown : Chief Architect for Informix at IBM
Kevin Brown
Chief Architect for Informix at IBM
Sourav Mazumder : Big Data Architect, IBM Software Group at IBM
Sourav Mazumder
Big Data Architect, IBM Software Group at IBM
Vincent McBurney : Practice Lead, Information Management at Certus Solutions
Vincent McBurney
Practice Lead, Information Management at Certus Solutions
Krish Krishnan : President and CEO of Sixth Sense Advisors, Inc
Krish Krishnan
President and CEO of Sixth Sense Advisors, Inc
Fern Halper : Advanced Analytics and Cloud Computing Consultant at TDWI
Fern Halper
Advanced Analytics and Cloud Computing Consultant at TDWI
Karthik Kumar : Software Engineer at Intel
Karthik Kumar
Software Engineer at Intel
Kevin Arhelger : Software Engineer at IBM
Kevin Arhelger
Software Engineer at IBM